Whiplash is a type of pain and stiffness which takes place in your neck following injury. Whiplash is generally caused by a sudden movement to your neck eons its normal range. This is something which takes place when your headed suddenly forced either forward or backward and then snapped again in the other direction. Most often whiplashes is brought about by a car injury where you are hit from behind causing your next to jolts forward and back. In some cases a sports injury can cause whiplash or a severe fall or shake. The motion sustained in these situations causes a stretching of your muscles and ligaments and can cause a sprain in your neck which damages your nerves. In the rarest of cases this can result in broken bones of the neck.
What are the symptoms of whiplash?
Symptoms of whiplash typically include stiffness and pain in your neck as well as, in some cases, the muscles of your shoulders, chest, head, and arms. In other situations patients may suffer from a headache, dizziness, or pain located in the back. Following things such as auto accidents the symptoms of whiplash may not appear until the day after the injury, after the adrenaline has subsided. In some cases the symptoms might go away immediately following the injury but they may return a few days after.
How can I tell if my whiplash case is severe?
More severe cases of whip lash will manifest the following symptoms: severe pain located in the neck, pain down one arm or both arms, pain which comes back after it is left for a few days, the inability to move your head, weakness in your legs, arms, and hands, or numbness and tingling in your chest, legs, arms, and hands.
How is whiplash diagnosed?
If you have been in an auto accident or otherwise injured and you are sustaining any of the symptoms of whiplash you should speak with your Atlanta pain management doctor. If your pain persists after a day or two, and you speak with the doctor your doctor will likely ask you questions about your current symptoms and conducted physical exam. Your doctor will ask you about any activities, illnesses, or injuries which could cause the pain.
If you experience some pain, but it goes away, and after a few days it returns, then you should return to your doctor for an examination. During a physical examination your Atlanta pain clinic doctor will check how much movement you have in your neck. They will also look for any numbness, weakness, tenderness, or tingling in your arms and your hands. Your doctor will ask you questions about the injury which you sustained as well as your past health. At this point the doctor will also examine your neck and your head very carefully. In some cases you may require x-rays just to make sure that the bones in your neck are not broken. In other cases your doctor may require MRI or CT scan to search for any other possible injuries in the region.